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♪ ♪ ♪ >> good morning everyone and welcome to our very special coverage for "fox & friends," this of course is the 10th anniversary of the september 11th attacks and today we're
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here at ground zero to remember the lives of thousands of our citizens, the heroes, the soldiers, the victims, all americans. >> after all when the towers came down, our entire nation stepped up. look how fare've come, today, ten years later, the moving memorial will finally be revealed and open to the public. >> there are credible tributes, stories that demonstrate our nation's strength, proof that no matter how the terrorist strikes america comes back bigger and more united before. welcome to the three our he edition on this beautiful, well, kind of dark now, sunday morning. but even last night, gretchen when i got in and steve, i don't know when you got in, the place was packed and this city was booming. as people come from all around from today's event. >> and when light actually comes here we'll be able to he see behind us in and the
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beautiful memorial that's been put in place here with this country's largest water falls and every name of every victim etched into this memorial. >> that's right, and not only are the names of the 2001 attacks, but also the 1993 attacks on the world trade center as well. brian, to point about all the people who gathered around the memorial site. right down there, barely outside of my frame, but there's actually one of the local firehouses and that's a firehouse i believe lost five members on september 11th. and last night, there were all sorts of firemen, he retired fires, their families, it was a time of celebration, as they look towards the future as they remember those we all lost. 343 firemen alone in those two buildings on september 11th, exactly ten years ago. >> and steve, 2,977 if you look at shakesville site, the pentagon and where we're sitting right now of.
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>> thought the morning of course we have our reporters. they're in place across the east coast this morning. >> peter doocy specifically is at the pentagon, but first issue want to go over to rick leventhal at ground zero where he spent a lot of time on 9/11/01. >> anywho comes to mark observance of 9/11 should be prepared to pass through many layers of law enforcement, checking i.d.'s, checking their bags, making sure that they are safe and secure and prepared to come through those check points and make it down here to pay their respects. there is a lot of security on the ground. the actual ceremony at the september 11th national memorial that's been built here begins at 8:35 a.m. and through 1 this afternoon. the ceremony will include the names being read of every single victim of the 9/11 attacks and will also include the six people killed back in 1993 here at the world trade center. we'll give you a look now at
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the memorial itself, the sight, the fountain, the water falls built in the footprints of the twin tower, 35 foot high walls of water and more than 100 trees planted here in the site of the world trade center, a peaceful, calm place where you can reflect on the lives lost and you can look up and look forward to what comes ahead and that includes some buildings that are already rising now, 80 stories or more, above the world trade center site. the names of the victims read bye president barack obama, mayor michael bloomberg, former president george w. bush, andrew cuomo, chris christie, george pataki and former mayor ridy guiliani and musical acts, yo-yo ma, james taylor and paul simon, all of this through the morning and the early afternoon as the people come down and listen to the speeches, listen to the
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names being read and view this sight which has changed so dramatically over the past ten years, guys. >> rick, as we look back at ten years since the attack, i think of you, because you were carrying a lot of the coverage out in the the field and everyone did some tremendous work. curious, your thoughts this morning as you talk about rebuilding and looking back ten years, does it seem like ten years to you? >> well, it doesn't and it does. so much has happened in the last ten years, we've done so much coverage on those war on terror, so many trips overseas to follow our men and women as they fight to try and secure us here the at home by taking the fight to the enemy overseas and you know, it was for years, there was a lot of frustration and anger over the progress at the site and finally, now, as we look down there, we see the progress and feel the pride and that's what you hear from the people working down there, that they have come a long way, that they are now actually creating something beautiful, something we can all appreciate for many years to come. >> well, you were sensational and looking back at that stuff
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brought it all into perspective. rick, we'll check in with you again. >> okay, thank you. >> and now, we go live to peter doocy, who is live for us at the pentagon of course, where another plane went into the pentagon ten years ago, good morning, peter. >> good morning, gretchen. you know, when al-qaeda attacked america, our most powerful and decisive response came from here, the center of the american military and the symbol of all of this might, the pentagon. ten years ago, 184 people were killed, 59 aboard american airlines, flight 77 and 120 inside the pentagon. this is where the families and colleagues will gather to remember everybody that died on that day and thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen who have died since and the commemoration kicks off at sunrise, 6:48 a.m. they're going to unfurl a giant american flag over the side of the pentagon impacted by that american airlines flight that
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hangs today. and that will hang until sunrise, and silence and speeches by mike mullen, leon panetta and vice-president joe biden, they're going to speak and that will be this morning. later this afternoon after stops at the world trade center and shanksville, president obama will be here and lay a wreath at the bureau age line, entrance to the memorial as the part of the memorial that marks the ages of each of the 184 people who were killed here, and the president is then going to meet with the victims' families and the the white hoe says they'll let him stick around and talk to him as long as he he wants and has no long how long it will take, a tough day at the pentagon because a lot of people who are going to be at the ceremony today, have -- were in the building on september 11th and they have worked here ever since and here is the day, again, as you guys were talking about in new york, get together to remember everybody
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that was killed, but also look forward to the next decade, back to you. >> all right. peter doocy. >> all right. >> peter doocy live for us at the pentagon and let's go back out now to steve. >> all right, gretchen, thanks. president obama also headed to shanksville, pennsylvania later on today. yesterday, 3000 people gathered there for the dedication of the flight 93 national memorial. former presidents bush and clinton and vice-president biden were all on hand, as well as relatives of the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives. >> for as long as this memorial stands, we will remember what the men and women aboard the plane did here. we will he' pay tribute to the courage they showed, the sacrifice they made, and the lives they spare. united states will never forg forget. >> with almost no time to decide, they gave the entire country a n incalcaluable gift.
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they saved the terrorist from claiming a symbolic victim from smashing the center of american government. >> and so, he we stand where it began. we think of them, we think of our nation, we think of our histo history, we think of the futu future. and we think of it because of them with a confidence, knowing that ordinary citizens will continue to stare down fear, overwhelm evil and bring forth hope from what seems to be done. >> meanwhile, the memorial includes a 1500 acre national park and a wall engraved with the victims' name, it's a line with a path that the plane
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took as it crashed to land right this in shanksville, pennsylvania, ten years ago. so let's go from shanksville pennsylvania to what is known as ground zero down here in lower manhattan. what is happening here right now? well, rick leventhal did a good job start to go tell us a little about it. right over my shoulder, gretchen and brian, you can see the 9/11 memorial and of course, the two biggest components are those water falls and even though we are he' in lower manhattan and there are thousands of people around here, outside here, just above ground zero, you can hear the water falling and it is -- it sends a chill up your spine to hear that. >> and you know, you think about it, steve, too, you've got the memorial, you have the memorial as well as the museum that are opening up and for those families to come down and see those -- to see their names of their loved ones for the first time it's almost going to be like going to the grave the first time after someone passes away and start
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reliving that again and quite emotional and i understand right in front of those names will be benches. >> one of the amazing things that i read, one family member said this is not the type of memorial you just drive by to honor, you have to stop, you have to come and experience the moment, find where your loved one's name is and another wonderful thing is that they tried to put the names of people together who either helped each other to try and get out of the buildings or, for example, people who were the assistants of somebody and they work worked together for 16 years and many of the family members have felt so honored that they tried to make that happen. >> and it's going to be emotional because the museum, and you're going to have the voices of those making their final calls and the voice of air traffic control, so, i guess the hope is, i think it's a great hope, when people come in ten years from now and 15 years from now, 20 years from now, school kids can say that's exactly what took place and this is where the towers once stood.
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>> okay. so, today, the memorial will hope to family members and then tomorrow, it will open to the general public. now, the museum itself, we have been talking a little about the museum, whether or not you know, there are a number of groups, going to make sure that the crosses are not on display there and the museum will actually open a year from now and what it will do, september 11th, it's going to honor the victims of the attacks, also the first responders and survivors and obviously, artifacts from that day, and photographs and brian you mentioned you'll be able to hear the voices and see, what people looked like as they remember their lives. >> and the amazing thing the survivor stares, so many stairs, people running out and firefighters running up them and the stairs will be in the museum. >> and a fire truck they had to get in there, some way, some how and it's part of it and amazing, and we've been
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coming outvery year and gretchen you've been here every year, and i thought the story would be, sadly, how little was done, but once everybody got on the page, it's all about construction rather than wondering what's happened to the possibility of new york working with new jersey, working with the port authority to get something done. now, in terms of 1 world trade also known as the freedom tower, it looks fantastic, but it's not going to be done yet, gretchen. >> it's due to open in late 2013 which will be here before we can believe it and end up being new york city's tallest skyscraper now at symbolic, 1776 feet, the antenna on the top of the building and the light of the original tower, and a lot of that, i think has already been leased out. >> yeah, i think they're doing pretty good leasing it and for a while, got off to a slow start. but, now what? i can't wait to get in and can't wait for people coming
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down, wow, this is where the world trade center is and they can go to a museum. so many people around the country and country want to see it, it's become a huge, organic tourist attraction, for people to do. >> sure, brian that's the good shot of 1 world trade. as we can see before the sun started to come up. they've got construction lights on it and the construction lights are in red, white and blue, and just reminds you about what happened down herago. >> and that is the theme. 13 minutes now after the hour we continue with our coverage, new york city, washington d.c. still on high alert this morning after a cia informant in pakistan provided information on a possible attack and there are still credibility of the intel and informant and need for second source. >> for the latest we're joined now at ground zero in studio, homeland security, michael
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balbony. >> arrest of four people in sweden, not sure at all if you have any information to be able to link that to this other source who is telling our government officials for the last two days to be on high alert? >> early on, there is he' no information there is in fact a link, but this is an evolving situation, when it comes across like this and hasn't been corroborated, but the informant was seen as being credible, you have to take a look at that. you have to get a massive amount of force and that's what you're doing after these things, but like you, you have a question, i understand as journalists you need a second source to do a story, but if i put a cia informant in pakistan to risk their lives and turn around and say here are the guys names, what they look like and what they want to do, why do you need a second source. >> a lot of times, it's an art form than a science. information comes back and forth and maybe there's a timing problem. maybe you don't know how they got there. maybe the capabilities you thought they would have never developed.
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so many different things along the line, to never go to this spot and it simply doesn't work like that, but what is great here in new york city, new york city has developed a great relationship with the agency and commissioner david cohen, commissioner of intelligence and forged an incredible bond and new york city criticized by that relationship, but this is excellent. >> you know, it's amazing how this all fits together and rell, if people sit back and imagine how many people live in new york city and the fact we have he he been able to thwart so many acts. amazing job by the police department and intelligence officials here and one thing i wanted to bring up would you, now people are saying this morning, if it wasn't the 10th anniversary of 9/11 maybe we would not have put out this alert. do you think it was warranted anyway? >> and after 9/11 you can't afford to let something go. you have to track down every single lead and target, it's the nature this have asymmetrical threat that
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continues to persist. >> here we go, 13 plots have been thwarted since 9/11. they said in this country, 45 plots, jihadist plots have been thwarted and we know what happened at fort hood. almost happened with the subway bomber and almost happened with the underwear bomber. having said all that, are you concerned that with this era of budget cuts and balancing our budget, people say we haven't been hit, maybe we overreacted back then, we've got to go in an and start cutting some of this out. >> brian, you're absolutely right. there's a security fatigue been there so long and the budgets are shorter, how do you main thain this? a lot of people are concerned and you've created the capability and ramp down and maybe create a blind spot you didn't have before and it's a huge challenge for tcity of new york and the budgets come down, how do you maintain and sustain that presence. >> we should say for the viewers, the actual threat was supposed to be maybe a car
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bomb in times square or washington d.c. or worse, some sort of a dirty bomb, is that what you're hearing? >> that's the latest information after wednesday when the threat came across and two different theories of target, iconic target they'll go after, others said no the bridges and tunnels and new york city has worked with the new york state police to bring in other troops and make sure that they get-- >> and three vans were stolen from a construction company and made people say, wait a second could this be related? >> and always raises those issues. and that's what they're doing, new york city has reached out to all different private companies, have you seen anything suspicious, propane dealers, fertilizers dealers, have you seen anybody coming in in the last couple of days or weeks that would raise suspicion. >> would not want your job, former job as homeland security and so many threats and you do a tremendous job. >> great men and women out
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there. >> thank you, very, very much. >> all right, let's go back out to steve now. >> thank you. we want to take a moment now to remember that september 11th was not america's first confrontation with radical islamic extremism. watch. we just saw another one apparently go, another plane just flew into the second tower. one the suspects, osama bin laden. >> americans have many questions. americans are having-- >> radical iranians students in the embassy in tehran. hostages. >> two americans held hostage in iran. >> and americans taken hostage. >> americans in iraq --.
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>> 1983, bombers detonated a thousand pounds of explosives in front of embassy beirut, stolen from us in a moment of terror. >> 241 in beirut-- >> marine barracks, the bomb killed 241 marines. >> 270 people were killed. >> flight 103 over lockerbie scotland. >> the bombing of pan am 103. >> and he's treated as an international outlaw. >> the nation's largest-- a huge explosion rocked the world trade center. >> it's another weapon acting against you and that's what terrorists are all about. >> and the world clearly remains a dangerous place. >> what happened, killed in the explosion. >> bin laden launches the attack to date. destroying a housing complex.
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>> 19 americans died. >> we caught a glimpse of a real bright light, just, you know, like -- after that we were all blasted up against the wall. >> 19 americans killed in the saudi arabian blast. >> blasted a 35 foot crater next to a military housing. >> in front of the eight story building demolished. no suspect, but focus on muslim militants. >> 270 americans were injured. 19 more killed. >> the bombings of two embassies, killed 224 people including americans. >> and the targets of the bomb blast and the american embassy and the building on to-- dozens of people haven been killed. >> two simultaneous bombings in east africa, a very chaotic situation. >> 17 people at least killed in the kenya explosion in nairobi. >> a crater behind the building, trans nia, 9 killed. 16 injured.
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suspected car bomb cause that had one. >> one of the most active terrorist bases in the world. >> located in afghanistan and operated by groups affiliated with usama bin laden. >> and the call is nearly sunk small boats with explosives and slammed into the vessel's side and taking lives of 17 sailors. >> this was an act of terrorism. it was a despicable act. >> and the destroyer. >> they drove their boat alongside the cole and detonated the explosives. >> like someone had taken their fist and literally punched a 40 foot hole in the side of the ship. >> we are complacent, but they found new opportunities. >>. >> the second plane through
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into the second tower of the world trade center. this has to be deliberate. >> . >> the clues were out there. >> it's hard to believe it's been ten years since it happened. >> you know what i think is noteworthy, all the attacks prior to 9/11 and yet, if you walked around america from iowa to florida and say, hey, usama bin laden, look at the debate between bush and gore, no one brought up al-qaeda and no one thought of usama bin laden unless you were foreign affairs and you thought well, did we miss signals and an opportunity to say to ourselves, wow, an attack could be coming and make a homeland division before the 9/11 attack. >> brian, you're exactly
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right. all of those stories that report encapsulate. all of those things took place over there, somewhere far away. it wasn't until september the 11th, 2001 that they really struck the homeland and that really changed everything. >> right. meanwhile, still ahead, you're looking live right now the at air force one. i imagine there it is, about to be wheeled up from andrews air force, headed over to new york for the ceremony here. >> right, the president will be here along with president bush a little later on, also coming up the attacks propelled our leaders into roles they could never imagine. up next, brian sits down with one of those men, the former secretary of homeland, michael chertoff. >> and ten days after terrorists brought america to its knees, it was the moment that lifted new yorkers to their feet.
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♪ >> welcome back to our special coverage here on the fox news channel of september 11th, 2011. david e miller covered ground zero and ten years later back at the site, seeing rebuilding with his own eyes. good morning, david, a lot has changed. >> reporter: a great deal has changed and in so many ways. it is really remarkable to stand now on the 20th floor of 1 world trade center, what will ultimately be the tallest building in the united states. first, take a look at this floor that is still under construction, you can see the raw concrete. you can see the utility equipment here and of course, you can see the many other television crews that are here. and as you take a look, as we pan back over my shoulder, you get this view of lower manhattan, you can see the port and a number of buildings that comprise the area nearby.
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the view ten years ago, very, very different. awes mentioned i was here then and i watched in horror and literally fled for my life as the terrors colpsed. here is some of what i reported live on the air, listen. >> and the scene is mork. one of the two towers literally collapsed, i was making my way to the foot of the world trade center and suddenly, talking to an officer questioning me about my press credentials and heard a loud blast, explosion and we looked up and the building literally began to collapse before us, the entire perimeter began literally, including myself, that's why i'm out of breath, to run for our lives. and i literally owe my life to a uniformed police officer who stopped me from entering the twin towers that morning. i said i was here to report and presented my press credentials, he said, sir, you cannot go in the building and we argued and heard a loud noise and suddenly the
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building collapse and the two of us ran, steve. >> steve: all right. david lee miller remembering what happened ten years ago, thank you very much. right now let's take you to washington d.c., looking as president obama is about to leave andrews air force base. as you can see, he is still on marine one. his first stop new york city for a ceremony ground zero ceremony and he'll be leaving here, arriving at jfk and they are estimating that the first lady and the president will arrive here at the memorial item in the next 90 minutes or so and once they arrive here, they will be visiting north millipond and then they will attend the memorial that's going to start at 8:40, about the time that the first plane hit the first tower. and then, after new york, air force one heads to pennsylvania. and the president will attend to the ceremony in
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shanksville. he will lay a wreath there and view the flight 93 crash site along with the first lady and then from pittsburgh, back to andrews air force base, where the president will then head to the pentagon along with the first lady and attend a wreath laying ceremony there. the president then will enter the memorial and visit with the families and victims and then later this afternoon, back to the white house. after that there will be an event at the kennedy center which the president will atte attend. >> gretchen: and i believe he'll be at the national cathedral in washington d.c. tonight as well for that service. so we're waiting right now for him to board marine one here. >> steve: right. >> gretchen: looks like they're getting ready for his arrival as they bring down the staircase. >> brian: it's interesting, too, the president of the united states, his life changed. he was a little known senator
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from illinois on the 9/11 attacks and maybe was or was not thinking of running for president and now he's running the whole thing and when he was in charge, he'd be authorizing the plot that took down the man who perpetrated the crime, usama, bin laden himself and how much better justice has come to his life, and his life has come to an end and there he is, the president and the first lady. >> of course they're at andrews air force base now, shaking hands. >> steve: so from there, at andrews air force base, the president as we mentioned a moment ago, obviously, next he's going to hop on board air force one to new york city and joined by former president george w. bush and they've got quite a program already planned for the day, strictly choreographed down to the moment. as you can imagine.
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>> brian: but in new york city, steve, there will not be any speeches, at the cathedral a different story and other stops, but when it comes down here over our shoulders, all three of our shoulders they'll just be reading names and poems and that includes president bush and the former governors and former mayors and current mayor. >> gretchen: a lot of people were in favor of that they didn't necessarily want to hear any sort of political speeches on this particular day. and they're inside the plane and the 45 minute flight from d.c. to jfk here and then the president will be on site right behind us here at about 8:40 for the start of the ceremony. >> brian: all right, after the attacks on september 11th, people across the country and the world turned to god, turned to their religion and ten years later, the nation is coming together in faith right now. >> gretchen: and joining us now, fox news religion contributor, father jonathan morris.
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and you have quite a story to tell aside from being a religion story as well. it could have been you on the plane. >> a lot of people had stories and i was in boston airport leaving boston the early morning the same time na the planes took off the very next day, and on september 11th, as i saw this going down and we all did on television, i was actually trying to get back to the airport to come back to new york and i thought you know, yesterday morning i was there with just so many other people, we're all trying to wake up with their coffee and there were terrorists on those planes getting on with people just like me, the day before. and they are he' going to do a terrible thing. and today, walking ten years later, walking on the streets here, just the last hour, things were so dark and there was a somber feeling of, remembrance, but there was also as i was walking guy, hello father, hello. there was a spirit, too, of saying, now what, we're here,
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we're better people. you're better people right after the attack to each other, better to each other, seeking, as you said, brian, seeking answers from above. and trying to find meaning within a terrible situation. it's good when we reflect, it's good when we we remember, it's good when we come together and that's what we're doing today. >> and you're going to be going to a firehouse after this. >> i will. >> brian: you're going to be dealing with families that say that might be good for them. i'm missing my son, my dad, my uncle, what do you say, what good could come out of that. >> i'll be going to the great jones firehouse, one of the largest in the city, ten out of 14 firefighters lost their lives on that day and all of the families will there be and we will have moments of silence when the planes hit. first of all, you give them a hug, you're with them. there's no theological explanation. why? precisely because it was not god who knocked these towers down, it was human beings,
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instead of hugging each other, instead of coming together, decide that they were going to take it into their own hands and to carry out a cowardice and activism in the name of god. >> steve: ne said they were doing it in the name of their god. >> which makes it worse, to shroud yourself in some sort of religion or theology and knock down towers with innocent people and what a shameful and cowardly act and we remember the people we lost and come together, as you said gretchen, the beginning of the hour, top of the hour, the terrorists can come in and hit the target and we're here to say, america is coming back, not because of the politicians, they can help, but we're going to be coming together and holding hands and we're going to be saying, we're in this together and we're bigger than this, not because life has been taken away, but because those of us who are living, thanks be to god, are going to say, we're
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never giving up. >> see, if i was a family member and knew were you coming to say that to me today, i would feel so much better, father, thank you for telling us that this morning, but at the same time religion is not going to be a part of this ceremony here today and now there are these stories coming about, maybe there's going to be a flash mop somewhere around here, and people are going to sing amazing grace. would you be in favor of that? >> let me start by saying, god will be here at this memorial. god will not be absent from the memorial and religion, in other words, our expression, you human expression of our beliefs will be here. the mayor decided not to have any religion leaders here. now what? i disagree with the situation, but that's not going to stop americans from being americans and finding meaning and talking to god and rejoicing in the good things. things are going to be back. >> steve: father jonathan, you
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can't come out pro flash mob, but you would like the spirit of this. >> i would love for you to sing amazing grace. >> steve: father, normally i would do everything you ask and america comes together and says please don't let brian sing and i think we have to listen to the voices. >> you're not america, brian. we're all american and vote two against one to sing amazing grace. >> brian: we're lucky to have you today. >> gretchen: especially since we can't make it to church. thank you, father. well, you know, peter johnson, jr. is a fox news legal analyst and also a lawyer and former advisor to both the new york governor and a new york city mayor and advocate for firefighters and lost friends here at ground zero and he has thoughts on this day, good morning to you, peter. >> good morning, gretchen. you know, the darkness has lifted and morning broken over new york harbor as ground zero memories become a world trade center future. in ten years we've come to understand the power of faith and the pain of sacrifice more than we could have ever imagined and just like the
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souls of the faithful departed who sought heavenly refuge, the windows above the pools now filled in their memory and the fate of their brothers and sisters who rushed into the burning towers, our friends to save them the fate was sealed. and day by day, a motion riot in 9/11 freefall. above all we honor the dead, the living and the sick, and heroes of all color, creed, every station and we aspire and i do, and i know you do, to the greatness of those we have loved and lost who served and died here in new york city at, at the pentagon, in pennsylvania, in iraq, and afghanistan, but the association we yearn for requires deep daily obligati obligations and remembering this today is a beginning, not an ending, because duty and service is in the doing and in the the serving and the
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measure of the strength ofur unions is not the iconic design of a beautiful memorial, where a politician, september 11th promised tearful survivors. it's really how we respond to the challenges, when this anniversary has ended. do we answer the call to national service? do we embrace the romance of duty? do we demand the necessity of honor? ten years later, we do, and we have and we will. ten years from now, in the shadow of the lady statue we call liberty, we must say to the friends we knew and the friends we never had a chance to meet, that the call has been answered, the duty redeemed, the honor affirmed, the mission has been completed. that a crying sky that was once filled with ash and tears of desperation, has creeded a new skyline of aspirations achived, obligations met and debts paid. as i visited the tribute
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center yesterday and i saw stills, grieving family members, and courageous team, search and rescue, forces around the country, i thought of happier times in the trade center, dinners on windows of the world, and long days and nights working in a governor's office. ten years ago when i spoke at the funeral of my friend, the fire chaplain father michael judge, i relied on the optimistic letter he wrote my daughters a few weeks before his death as a prophesy of our resurgence and our national resilience. he said, i sat and gazed at lady liberty, so majestic with her torch burning brightly and thought of the great feelings of joy and happiness and hope that my mother and father experienced when they saw her as their boat came into new york harbor. it was their dream come true. 1921, oh, so long ago, they had no idea of all the blessings and a few sorrows that lie ahead of them. they were so brave and had
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such faith, and trust in god, that he brought them to these shores, that he would care for them. in new york city, this morning, ten years later, those we lost, they smile knowing that they are never forgotten, as morning has again broken in america. gretchen, brian, god bless america. >> brian: good job, peter. >> gretchen: very well done. >> brian: nice job. 18 minutes till the hour. we'll be on watching fox nearly all day. the office of homeland security was created and cost millions of dollars. and michael chertoff the homeland security. while we were attacked, he was the department of justice and oulder erri shouldering a loot of responsibility. his boss was out of town. >> michael chertoff, america
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knows you as the second head of homeland security. on 9/11, 2001, what was your job. >> head of the criminal department in the department of justice. i was on the phone with my deputy, my deputy said the plane hit the world trade center and my first reaction that some pilot commit add egregious error. as we continued to talk and had the television on, a second plane hit the world trade center and i realize it was an attack so i went across the street to the fbi which was at that time before homeland security, really the nerve center for managing any kind of domestic emergency. we sit down and the first question is, who did it and how much more is going to happen. >> brian: of course, you put it together and you see the hijackers and tn it was four planes and you heard a lot of rumors. >> brian, let me tell you, it was the fourth plane that was headed in the direction of washington, and i remember the being present when there was a discussion on a video conference that relayed the
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order that originates for the president to shoot down that plane if necessary, and that with an a stunning moment because you realize the awesome responsibility of decisions that are now resting on the shoulders of the president and others, in the middle of this attack. >> brian: amazing. and extremely cool under pressure and you spring into action and the war on terror begins. and your mission personally. >> my mission was to work with the fbi and intelligence community to do everything we could to identify any potential terrorist threat and to disrupt it and prevent it. you know, the president said to the attorney general a couple of days after 9/11, don't let this happen again, and of course, me, personally, that was absolutely the commandment number one, don't let it happen again. >> brian: and it didn't, it hasn't. is there any doubt in your mind, if it wasn't for our actions of adollar amounting amounting-- adapting to the new world we
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live in. >> the desire was there, capability was there, the only thing that prevented another attack from being successful. everybody the at all levels of government vocalized and we had a brand new paradigm. how do you prevent these things from happening in the first place. >> brian: little by little, you're able to take apart the brain trust this perpetrated this crime and attack and bin laden months ago. >> a great day and a great way to approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11. does that mean that the fight is over? no, there is another generations of terrorists. does it means we have achieved a measure of script, absolutely. >> brian: and there's number seven, the first to be rebuilt and the crane in the air, so many people lost their lives, what are your thoughts. >> the fact we can grow this city back in this area and without forgetting, we can rejuvenate. that's a testament to the american spirit and in the end the best victory for america is that even when someone knocks us down, we get back up
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and we hit back harder and we brush ourselves off and get about the job of rebuilding. >> wow, so, he's been through a lot as a new yorker, he really, you know, resonates what happened to him, of course in washington at the time. over at the pentagon you know, we're going to be here all morning over here in new york city and we have reporters everywhere and even at the pentagon, we understand any moment now, the american flag will be unfurled over that building, which was devastated after that attack, when the plane hit it ten years ago. >> gretchen: it's happening right now ase look at it live, unfurling of the american flag. 184 people lost their lives on 9/11 at the pentagon. in the nine o'clock hour, eastern standard time on this day. the unfurling taking place 6:47 a.m. eastern time. >> brian: hey, steve, it's amazing, when you have the port authority of new york, new jersey and changing politicians and positions, it was so hard to get things going here in new york, but at
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the pentagon, it was clear. >> steve: sure. >> brian: give the order, we will he' rebuild it, they did and it was ready to go, i believe, almost the next year. >> steve: they were, they sprang into action and didn't have quite as many interested parties as they do here in lower manhattan and there you go, the flag on the side of the pentagon unfurled to mark what happened ten years ago. and one of the things, brian and gretchen, if people are going to see a lot of today. flags, i noticed it yesterday when i was driving down my street, as i came to the hotel to spend the night for, this morning's special program, i noticed that there were three or four houses on our street and they hadn't had the flags out until yesterday. all right, in the meantime, joining us right now, with some insight, victoria clark who is the pentagon spokeswoman during the september 11th attacks and she joins us from near the pentagon, good morning. >> good morning, steve, how are you. >> steve: i'm doing okay. ten years. >> good. >> steve: does it seem like
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ten years? to me, sometimes it does and sometimes seems like ten seconds. >> yeah, i agree completely. when i walked over here to this morning to what was the briefing center ten years ago, oh, my gosh, looks the same and i remember the reporters and other ways it seems like decades, i think a lot of us have grown up in the last ten years. >> steve: yeah, it's -- and i don't know how many times over the last week or so i've heard people say, you know, september 11th, 2001, was the day that america changed, the whole world changed and it really did, didn't it? >> yeah, i think so. you know, some people, one of my favorite washington stories is when mary mccoy, legendary journalist was talking after jfk was shot and distraught and the pat, will we ever laugh again? he said mary, we'll laugh again and never be young again. i think that's what happened on 9/11. i think we woke up and as the world wok up to a very real
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threat out there. what we had talked about in theory before 9/11 became reality on 9/11. >> steve: sure. and you're exactly right. peggy noonen in the wall street journal yesterday wrote that, on 9/11, people stood about where i am right now, and looked up at the towers that were on fire and it never dawned on them that they would fall, but they did, and suddenly we went from a safe police to a not the safe place. it's the same thing with the pentagon where you're standing. it's like how could they possibly hit the pentagon and with one of our planes. >> yeah. i have a slightly different take on it. you know, nobody gets up in the morning someone's going to take huge airliners and fly them into the sides of buildings, but if you work in a place like the pentagon, you're in a military environment and you realize there are threats constantly. i think it's less of a surprise for people working in the the pentagon and for those who focus on the pentagon than maybe those outside. >> steve: that's right.
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and with this terrorism alert at that we got 48 hours ago that they might try to hit somebody with a truck bomb or car bomb might try to hit new york or washington reminds us that al-qaeda is still out there somewhere. >> you know, you're absolutely right. al-qaeda is still out there. it's a different beast than it was ten years ago in many ways, we've made it harder for them to operate, fund raise, train, recruit, those sorts of things, but they're still out there in a fashion which can be dangerous as well and they're not the only ones. on the anniversaries, i try not to look back, but look ahead. okay, what were we thinking about before 9/11, 2001, what should we be looking around, what kind of imagination do we have to predict and try to he prevent the next one. >> steve: exactly right. 2001 before it happened, i think one of the main things we were worried about in this country, mad cow disease.
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>> right. >> steve: after ten years you don't think about it. >> you're absolutely right. >> steve: victoria clark joining us today from the staging area near the pentagon. thank you very much. >> thanks, steve. >> steve: all right. brian. >> brian: in 2001, ten days after terrorists brought america to its knees for a moment anyway, this moment lifted new yorkers to their fe feet. >> one hit away. and on the run, this one has a chance. home run! >> mike piazza! >> >> wow, at a time when the country need add ren to clear, new york mets catcher mike piazza provided just that, americans, especially new york mets fans will never forget. mike, you're here, you're watching it and saw the fans,
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how crazy it was, as you were running around the bases, you just looked at if it's another day at the office. what was going on inside. >> i mean, several things, obviously, extremely, emotionally trying for everybody. i just remember working up to the game, how difficult it was to kind testify hold it together. so, i think, from the pre-game ceremonies and emotion of the crowd, it was tough to get through. he think i was kind of on autopilot. >> brian: baseball canceled over 90 games. >> yeah. >> brian: you're the first game back and the mets who won the world series prior were struggling and you came up there with the tur blens and you were out at ground zero, helping out and driving back from pittsburgh, don't know if you should be playing. how was it you were able to focus and making contact with the ball and did you anticipate this type of lasting reaction that lifted the mets in one game, to a 2-1
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victory over atlanta? >> for me, i remember during the pre-game ceremony i started getting emotional and i just really, just a lot of prayer and i remember praying, please, help me get through there. god, help me get through this. >> not a home run, but-- >> yeah, it was so difficult because, you know, just to play baseball and to play at the level we had to play it's difficult and when you have this emotional sort of burden as you said the anxiety not knowing if we should be there, i didn't felt like it was at the time we didn't know, whatever was the right time. so it was a lot of anxiety and for me, it was just really, it was tough, tough to get through. >> brian: so, i was there when you got in the world series and the mets won the world series and in '86 as a fan. there's something special going on in your dugout and in the stands. can you describe what the difference was? 'cause you brought the team to the subway series the year before you, but it wasn't like that?
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>> no, i think, even just being in the city that week was tally unique, because new york has had a reputation of being a cold city and everyone doing their business and very intense and for that week i think everyone just wanted to be together and i mean, you saw in union square where i was living at the time in that area, everyone sitting around, just wanting to talk about it, so it was a unique time of everyone coming together and you know, the love and the the support at that we all needed to have. >> brian: now what's amazing, i was thinking, listening to you talk, after the 9/11 attacks, sports couldn't seem more ridiculous, and when you come back and play, sports ended up meaning so much and couldn't have meant more. it's just a game, but a reason to cheer for the first time in ten days. >> true, and everyone just wanted to be together. that's the thing, i think we were all caught up in watching, you know, the bad news on tv and as you said, needed to kind of get out and try to get, return some sort of feeling of normalcy, which
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was hard. >> brian: tonight, the mets will be playing the cubs and you'll be there with a lot of your former teammates so we're going to watch. >> it's going to be, definitely mixed emotions and to see all the guys under the circumstances, and still tough to look back and think about that week. >> with over 400 home runs and as a catcher, you're going to live on forever, now in new york they'll never forget. >> thank you. >> brian: mike piazza, thank you for living in the moment. the attacks inspired, coming up the greatest americans who have stepped up to fight freedom after living through the 9/11 attacks and then the man charged with protecting the president during a time of extreme uncertainty, the pilot of air force one, on september 11th, here live. have i got a surprise for you! [ barks ]
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they were all americans. >> brian: after all, when those towers came down bee watched our entire country step up. look how long we've come after you see the memorials are revealed. >> gretchen: incredible tributes, stories, proofs no matter how hard terror may strike, america comes back, bigger, better, stronger and of course united like never before. of course, you all remember after 9/11 ten years ago, how united this nation was, brian, as we all came together and felt the pain and the suffering, and then the hope that followed. >> brian: and even congress, i remember tom daschle, you know, hugging the republicans and i remember the president rallying people behind, there's just no dissension and the politics was on the shelf for the longest time. >> steve: meanwhile, go ahead. >> gretchen: how about-- >> i was going to say how about all of the members of congress out on the east front of the u.s. capitol?
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they broke into song spontaneously and sang god bless america and people were doing that across the country that day. it's amazing, congress has to say to themselves, not only is it something that's unprecedented. 20 minutes away, by air, was a plane, flight 93, it was coming their way, that would have ended the lives of some great many lawmakers, so, they literally dodged a bullet because of the heroic acts of those people aboard flight 93. meanwhile, our reporters in place across the east this morning, you have peter doocy at the pentagon and of course go over to rick leventhal where he reported from 9/11/01. >> reporter: now that the sun has comes up. see the hundreds if not thousands of police officers who have secured the area around the world trade center site and the streets are virtually shut down and the only movement besides the
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police are family members coming through a series of check points, winding down through stanchions, through additional check points and making their way over to a stage that had been set up, right next to the september 11th memorial where they're gathering and beginning to hear the ceremony at 8:35 eastern time. about an hour and 20 minutes from now, we're going to hear a lot of readings and all-- nearly 3,000 names, victims from 9/11 and six victims from 1993 when the world trade center was exploded by a bomb and we will also see much closer the memorial itself, which is absolutely breath taking. there are two huge fountains now in the footprints of the former twin towers and they're surrounded by some 400 trees and also, brass plaques with the names of nearly 3000 who lost their lives and during
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that ceremony of course, six moments of silence, moments of silence when each of the planes hit the towers, when those towers fell, and one plane hit the pentagon and another plane went down outside of shanksville at each of those times, this place will grow, very, very quiet and everyone will pay respects to those who lost their lives, getting way in about an hour and 25. >> gretchen: we'll go to our other reporter at the pentagon. >> brian: peter doocy at the pentagon. we saw the flag unfurl. there's going to be a lot of moneys today. >> reporter: there are, brian. you can see the sun just came up behind me on the 10th anniversary of those terrible terrorist attacks in northern virginia, as it did, they did, we saw with the flag, the powerful part of the program here at the pentagon and see it as the sun is coming up over my left shoulder, that flag is in the exact spot where the spot made impact ten years ago, ten years ago, a
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gaping hole and today, right now, it's a big red, white and blue reminder of the american spirit and hang until sunset, as it does, a the lot of things going on in between. 9:37 a moment of silence the exact minute on september 11th, 2001, that the plane made impact with the pentagon. that's going to be followed by remarks by the secretary of defense. leon panetta, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen and joe biden. that's this morning. this afternoon, president barack obama is it going to be here after his stop in new york at the world trade center and in pennsylvania, at shanksville. the president is going to lay a wreath at the zero age line, the age line, the zero age line is the entrance to the memorial at the pentagon and age line is a part that signifies and marks the ages of the 184 victims killed ten years ago, just behind me. 59 of them on american airlines flight 77 and 125 of them inside the pentagon. the president, after he lays
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the wreath is going to meet with families, all the families of the 184 victims and it's going to cap a big day here, his visit to arlington, virginia, not only to remember those who died in the initial attacks, but also, remember the thousands of soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines who have been killed in the decade of war that has followed, guys. >> brian: peter doocy, we thank you very much. right now president obama is in the air headed to new york city. >> steve: and that's right the president and first lady will head to shanksville, pennsylvania, he'll lay a wreath and view the field where united flight 93 crashed. the presidential visit a day after 3000 people gathered for the dedication of the flight 93 national memorial. former presidents bush 43 and clinton and vice-president biden were all on hand, as well as relatives of the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives that day. >> for as long as this
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memorial stands, we will remember what the men and women aboard the plane did here. we'll pay tribute to the courage they showed, the sacrifice they made, and the lives they spared. the united states will never forget. >> with almost no time to deci decide, they gave the entire country an incalculable gift. they saved the capitol, god knows how many lives, saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of american government. >> and so we stand where it beg began. we think of them, we think ever our nation, we think of our history, we think of the future. and we think of it because of
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them with a confidence, knowing that ordinary citizens will continue to stare down fear, overwhelm evil and bring forth hope from what seems to be none. >> meanwhile, the memorial includes a 1500 acre national park and a wall engraved with the victim's names. it's a line with a path of the plane as it crashed ten years ago today. >> gretchen: wow, that looks like a beautiful memorial there, to have that collection of dignitaries. and here in new york city, a new day. take a look at the time lapse as the sunrises over ground zero this morning. light now shining for the first time on a complete new memorial to all of the people who died on that dark day. so, here we are, as the dawn is coming. you can see on your monitor, still dark, but look at the beautiful waterfalls, the
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largest man made waterfalls in the united states of america now, all the names of the victims, including the 1993 world trade center victims as well, from the pentagon, from shanksville, from here at ground zero, all the names inside of that memorial. >> and looking at the pools over your shoulder, i thought it was animation, i didn't think they were real because they came out exactly like the artist rendered them, which i understand is rare and what also made this very difficult, because you want it to be -- you want to get the family members, victims' family members involved and first responders involved and then architects involved and different political leaders involved. how can you possibly put all that together and do it right, do it quickly and make everyone happy. they may have got as close as possible, if our reports are correct. >> steve: right. that's the end result right now. there it's open to the family today and open to the public tomorrow and that's the fire station that sits directly across the street from the memorial. meanwhile, ten years ago, on september 11th, 2001,
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president bush was in sarasota, florida, visiting elementary school children when the nation came under attack. one of the men responsible for keeping the president safe that day was the captain of air force one. colonel mark tillman, the commander that have plane and on september 11th, 2001, his job was to make sure that nothing happened to the president and he joins us here live at ground zero, good morning, colonel. >> good morning. >> steve: there you are, you receive word america is under attack, you're in a 747, parked out on a runway, you must have felt very vulnerable there in sarasota, florida. >> we were very vulnerable shall the only thing around, everything was clear around us and got word that airliners had been hijacked and we had potentially to be a target so had to make a lot of calls to make sure to either move the plane or make sure it's ready to go the moment the president arrives. >> steve: right. when you say potentially a target. was it the vice-president who mentioned that angel, the code name for air force one, might be on their list?
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>> that's -- later, that was shortly after we were airborne we got word that angel was next and we started working that issue. big sky, so, we knew the chances of an airliner hijack would have a tough time finding us, but couldn't take any chances. >> steve: so you figured if the president was part of the plan, you had to keep him moving. >> that was, that was the plan, yeah. because you've got the president and there's many plans available to you, nuclear attack, chemical, et cetera, there wasn't a plan for this, making it up as we went along. >> steve: and i understand that you-- there you are behind the wheel of of air force one. i understand that as the president returns to the airplane, you decided, you couldn't take any chances, there could be somebody on board who was part of the plan, so, you had armed guys just outside your cockpit and on the chairs as well, right? >> right, we went over the manifest, double, triple checked the manifest and bomb
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swept their personal items and made sure through a cop at the foot of the stairs at air force one to make sure nobody could get into the cockpit. >> steve: so from florida you went to louisiana. >> right, louisiana to barksdale air force place, in louisiana, get the president on the ground and be safe and address the nation. >> steve: i know the president was chomping at the bit and wanted to go home and you took him to nebraska. >> right, the next plan was continue to move him. no one knew where he was at in case there was some kind of a plan to attack him at any point and we moved him off, got him underground and addressed the national command authority and he he decided to boot back as quick as possible and come back to us. >> steve: and got back to washington before the end of the day. as were you coming into washington, andrews air force base, were you thinking, i'm a little worried about this? >> yeah, there was -- there were a lot of considerations that had be, concerns about folks on the ground. what was the end-game here besides airliners, so, we had
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everything set up to stay secure, a perimeter to fly into and self-defense on the plane was working great so we were ready to go. >> steve: all right. very good. colonel mark tillman, former, now retired, pilot of air force one. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> steve: for your service there, job well done. >> thank you. >> steve: all right. when we come back, they're making sure it never happens again. meet the courageous americans who have stepped up to serve in the wake of the september 11th attack. then, he may be gone from this earth, but he's still with the love of his life. one of our next guests lost her husband on 9/11, but she's still getting his loving messages today. we'll explain. [ female announcer ] so you think your kids are getting enough vegetables? maybe not. v8 v-fusion juice gives them a full serving of vegetables plus a full serving of fruit. but it just tastes like fruit. [ male announcer ] get five dollars in money-saving coupons at
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after the attacks of 9/11, american pride was never stronger and led americans to take up arms in many cases against our enemies to protect the freedom of this land and go get them. the people that perpetrated this horrific act. for some the best way to avenge those who died was to join the military and serve their country and that they did. joining us now are three who did just that, mark, who has been on our show a few times, on the 61st floor of the south tower said i've seen enough i'm joining the marines and did he. steven cochran join the marines and a country music singer and the journey he took to get there was astounding and, steven works for the wounded warrior program. congratulations on not just talking about it and doing it. and the war you have seen may be more than you imagined. first you, mark, you're doing the white collar thing, your life is going good. why go over there and fight in the desert? >> as i was running out of the
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building, firemen was running up and in and i'm running down and out and we crossed eyes for a split second and i felt forever emblazoned in my memory and i wanted to honor him, i wanted to -- i had to do something productive for that firemen and all the firemen who saved us. >> brian: you were evacuating the 11th floor and the second plane hit and when the frifr came by and you're going to law school, it's not enough you're going to liberty. >> i am. >> brian: and you advocate for veterans rights. >> i do, i run a charity event we do i for ten years and state of university of arizona raised $10,000 and bring it to virginia and continue it in arizona this year. steven cochran 2001, a junior at western kentucky university and put on the tv, and with your frat brothers you see what's going on in new york city shanksville, and the
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pentagon. >> i believe a lot in the house, next morning we are he' going to wake up and enlist in the marine corps and military and waking up the next morning and realize that patriotism has been driven into me my whole life and i was an able bodied american anytime you stand up for your country you do that and enlisted in the marine corps. >> and ended up involved taking part in the 2003 invasion of iraq. >> i did. >> brian: and your unit deployed to afghanistan where something happened to you, which everybody fears. >> it was, now, at that age, you always think that you're invincible and especially as a marine, a young marine, i got there and we had done our tour to iraq and 111 missions and we thought, you know, the one thing that's going to hurt us if the marines come without one of us, corporal ron payne, one of the first marines killed, was my best friend and shortly half that i broke my back l-1 to l5.
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>> brian: told you you weren't going to walk again. >> i did, i woke up in bethesda, maryland, little to no chance you'll walk again and much less have a country music career. i dance now. >> brian: you were in new york when the planes hit? >> yeah, taken the e train to times square and the conductor came on and said we're held outside the station due to police activity in the world trade center, no idea what was going on and two, three minutes later they let us in, i walked into time square as my building 1515 broadway i was working at the time. everyone is rushing up and looked up at the screens in times square to pretty much catch the image of the second plane. >>. >> brian: when you finally did get a hold of them at home, mom, i'm joining the army. they said, don't do anything crazy, but you did and you served and now work for the wounded warrior project giving back. >> yeah, it's, wounded warrior project, they gave a lot to
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me, helped me in my job hunt and kind of a rough go getting back into work after i got out. out of the 82nd airborne and got a the lot of support and that's what i do now, the manager of the warriors for work program the northeast wounded warrior project and help our men and women find careers in the northeast. >> brian: you were awarded the presidential of for valor and all of you stood out and i think anything good for wherever you go, give respect for what you've done, and you deserve to have it much easier. >> steve: thank you, brian. very much. the master mind behind the 9/11 attacks, usama bin laden finally brought to justice. here is a look back at how it all happened. >> the second plane flew into the second tower of the world trade center. some of the key suspects come
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to mind, usama bin laden-- >> and all signs they say are pointing to usama bin laden. >> usama bin laden, cell or some other cell similar to it. >> some are calling it a 21st century pearl harbor attack or perhaps worse. >> usama bin laden is the focus of the terrorist attack probe. >> i can hear you, the the rest of the world hears you and the people-- and the people who knocked these buildings down, will hear all of us soon. >> who might be capable of coordinating this. >> usama bin laden. >> usama bin laden. >> the bush administration says there is no question he's the prime suspect. >> i don't care, dead or alive, either way, but we're going to get him. >> they say money talks. the pentagon is giving afghan
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25 million reasons to hunt down bin laden and the pentagon is offering a 25 million dollar reward. >> we have large reward money. >> search for usama bin laden continues, the reports the u.s. is not planning a cave by cave search by special forces. >> new audiotape believed to be usama bin laden. >> the u.s. military is terrified he'll slip across the border. >> probably in the no man's land between pakistan and afghanistan. >> the power to hold here since the 9/11 attacks. >> still no trace of him. >> and 40 mile square area of pakistan and appearing what appears to be a younger bin laden walking down the mountain and around the world, gratefully encouraged by khalid shaikh mohammed, the chief operating officer of
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al-qaeda. >> the problem is it's the dark side of the moon, that region is made up of murderers, cut throats, drug runners eextortionists and that's where bin laden has his strongest allies. >> why haven't they caught him. >> dead or a life from 25 to 50 million dollars. >> will the lure of 50 million bucks net bin laden? >> we are he' now giving 16 tips a day on bin laden. >> usama bin laden, and there are reports that he has died. >> there's another report out that says that bin laden is in bad health, and needs medical services. >> the elusive bin laden, and photo shows zawahiri or bin laden. >> you would think we'd have the intelligence and resources to get in there and get the guy. >> missed the chance to get
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terror leader usama bin laden in the the mountains of tora bora. >> usama bin laden is absolutely-- >> the question america wants answered, where is bin laden, how close are we to get him. >> it's hard to believe eight years since 9/11, how is it possible that bin laden has not been captured yet. >> to capture one guy out in the wilds of northwest pakistan would require a lucky break. >> where is usama bin laden? for all we know he could be in las vegas next to elvis. >> there are terrorists holed up in the mountains that murdered 3000 americans. >> to kill bin laden, to crush al-qaeda. >> we must take out usama bin laden and his lieutenant if we have them in our sights. this is a fox news alert. bin laden is day. >> may 1st the day that usama bin laden's life came to an end. >> bin laden shot dead in this million dollar mansion inside pakistan. >> confirmed, urgent confirm, bin laden is dead. >> usama bin laden is dead.
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>> multiple -- usama bin laden is dead. >> and the day that he found out the story about the 72 virgins waiting for him on the other side was bunk. >> the world's most wanted man, bin laden. >> usama bin laden, leader of al-qaeda, shot in pakistan. >> shot in the face, dead, is dead. >> the united states conducted pa operation that killed usama bin laden. to those families who lost loved ones to the al-qaeda terrorists, justice has been done. done. >> . >> a wonderful job who put that together. our country, waited ten years to capture usama bin laden. >> can you imagine, how tough this day would be if he was still out there and you know
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he would have put out another videotape or audiotape for this day and maybe it attack would have been further along because he was around. and the hunt to get him so incredible, the president of the united states took so much credit for unleashing seal team six and president bush freeing up the cia to work along with the military in unprecedented fashion to set up a situation where bin laden is killed inside pakistan. and president obama lived up to what he said. he said i'm not going to ask for permission. if i get intelligence on bin laden, i'm going for it and he did. >> why, it was so frustrating for so long, where is that guy. you could tell in those excerpts, the frustration on our faces, and in our voices and imagine for the victim's families as well. but in the end. justice was served. >> gretchen: all right. stand by for a moment, steve, i want to introduce you to bonnie, her husband died the
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morning of 9/11. he was on the 105th floor of tower one, the cantor fitzgerald offices, but even after his death, he never stopped sending bonnie messages of his love and bonnie soon found out she was the not the only one experiencing this. >> i went up to her room and she was playing by herself and having a conversation. i asked her who she was talking to. >> i said all the boys, they tell me knock knock jokes and funny. >> she proceed today name all of the guys that timmy was friends with on the desk. she went downstairs and brought a picture of all the boys. >> and i said, do you know who these boys are? >> and she said, of course, and she pointed to each one of them. >> amazing story, and there are so many more of them. joining me now is bonnie, the
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author of the book "messages signs, visits and premonitions from loved ones lost on 9/11" it's great to see you again, bonnie. >> good morning. >> gretchen: you wrote the book and it was a best seller and every time you think of your husband. >> we're in front of ground zero. >> gretchen: your husband helped people in the 1993 attacks to get down safely. >> he did. >> gretchen: and he always said to you what about the year 2001. >> he always felt that he would not live to the millennium and he was correct in saying the millennium wouldn't be 2000, it would be 2001. >> gretchen: an amazing premonition and unfortunate one for you to have lost your children and raising your four children and yet, he's with you, in what way? what was the first sign. the first sign was the wind, and something incredible unusual and phenomenal and i write about it in my book messages, something when you experience it, you know if it's a spiritual experience
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and you don't necessarily know if it's the person you lost or god or something else, but you get this incredible feeling of peace and comfort. >> gretchen: and something told you about where he should also be remembered and buried and you saw a sign. >> yes. >> gretchen: what was that. >> it's important to our family and middle of winter, icy no, one landed in front of my car and by the cemetery and amazing. >> gretchen: you have also then found out in these ten years that you're not alone. there were all of these other people who lost loved ones on 9/11 who started sharing similar stories. how did you find out about it? >> i started asking others at cantor fitzgerald that i knew. did you have anything happen that made you feel that perhaps you're still connected and because love is the strongest force in the universe, connected to those you lose and astounding how many said yes and i started to
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pursue that and literally hundreds of people had the stories. >> gretchen: so you put them together in this book. >> yes. >> gretchen: and it came out last year and the amazing thing is the stories keep coming and now you did this tv series that aired last night. >> oh, the special aired. >> gretchen: and there are new stories in the tv special that you didn't know about when were you writing the book. >> that's right, this phenomenon is not unique to 9/11, occurs all over the world every day, miracles happen every day and always have. when the book came out i was flooded were stories from people all over, other countries, and some saying, they, too had this wonderful thing happen that led them to believe they're still connected to the person they lost. >> gretchen: he when your husband died he he left you as a single mom with four children. >> that's right. >> gretchen: do your children also hear from him? >> i really keep that separate because i think my work and what their priorities are are very different. and i want it raise them as healthy children, so far, so good and you know, i think maybe when they're older they
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can reflect on this and decide. if they'd had an experience. >> gretchen: i'd love to give you an opportunity to share your beloved memories of your children. >> and the loving father, husband, friend. and most remarkable man that i've ever known and others that lost today. we have to give thanks and i'm glad with his work we can find some goodness, out of unimaginable tragedy, but i feel for everybody and i feel for the country, because we all lost something that day. >> gretchen: you will be one of the family members who will be going down to the memorial. >> yes. >> gretchen: which is behind us here this morning and you will see that for the first time, i don't know if you've already seen it. >> i've been down there before. you know, it's unbelievable, beautiful, beautiful place. and the construction company, workers been through since the beginning and fantastic, fantastic. i mean, you know, you walk in
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there and you just get a spiritual feeling so i hope everyone in the world comes to see it. >> gretchen: bonnie was written this book "messages, amazing stories of people who have had connections with their loved ones who were lost on 9/11. i know you're a believer. >> i'm a believer. >> gretchen: and many more have been because of your book. bonnie, thanks for taking time today. >> thank you. >> steve: gretchen, thank you very much, it's 7:30 in new york city and for the first time this morning, i hear bagpipers in the distance getting ready for the ceremony that starts one hour from now. meanwhile, as our nation reflects back on the attacks of september 11th, we remember those leaders who made us feel safe in a terrifying and uncertain time. we resnl had a chance to sit down with vice-president dach d.a. and ask him what was going through his mind as he was forced to take charge on that morning of september 11th. >> we really focused on two
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things. one was to get the planes down, out of the sky and that was to start those that had been hijacked. >> it was mandatory, not like if you feel like it go ahead. >> and the other thing to preserve what we call the continuity of government, and a strike on the white house, for example, would kill the president and vice-president and eliminate the senior leadership. >> gretchen: you always seem to be a calm and cool demeanor and i'm wonderin were you there that when the reality sunk in, what we were facing on that day. >> i am he' told i was. probably not that, the best judge of that, but it was, able, this is the first time we've been through it for real, you know, where lives were at stake, and it wasn't just a drill or an exercise, but this notion of continuity of government is something
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that some of us had worked on for many years. >> steve: dick cheney, remembering what happened one decade ago today. all right. brian, back to you. >> brian: all right, thanks, steve. 26 minutes now before the top of of the hour, by the way shall the vice-president looks a lot better. 9/11 attacks changed america forever and marked the turning point of the presidency of george w. bush not even one year in. and here to reflect on their personal experience and the decision making that followed the tragic events of that day are former white house chief of staff, andy card and the same thing for bush 41 and former bush senior advisor fox news contributor karl rove. welcome to both of you. carl, i thought of you, too, right away. you look in a way a fish out of water you're a policy guy and talking about the president being a domestic president. when this happens, what do you think? >> well, i have to admit it was an odd day and i did feel the entire day completely useless as we flew around on the airplane.
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my phone rang about 8:50 and susan rolston my assistant and told the president what she told me that she just had a report a plane had flown into the world trade center and it was an odd, an odd beginning of a terrible day. >> brian: you know what's so amazing, too, if you look back at gore-bush debates and talks about new york city. nobody knew about bin laden, they kind of knew the guy over there seems crazy blowing up embassies in a place i've never been. what was it like in the white house prior to that? were you guys talking al-qaeda? >> we knew quite a bit about usama bin laden, at least i did and knew about the first attack on the world trade center that happened during the the clinton administration, so it was not foreign to us. what was foreign to us, was any concept of using a plane as a weapons of mass destruction. usually if you think of hijackers on a plane they want demands, they want money, want release of prisoners, they want safe travel or something. and so, that would have been
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an unusual expectation for us to have where a plane would be used as a weapons of mass destruction. >> brian: and it's so interesting, because you guys are qualified to answer this much. the president in my opinion is national born leader and looking to be a leader, maybe being the oldest of his family. and nine months into his presidency, and two terms governor and owner of rangers. >> and he he changed that morning, a few minutes later, the president came into the holding room staff, holding room we were standing and i remember a little bit of anxiety and we had military and anxiety in the the room and bush came in, i remember, i've known him a long time. he was stone cold and there was a calmness about him that was unbelievable and i remember his first years weeks' at war, give me a direct line to the fbi and vice-president. there was a sense of command
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and decision throughout at that day. >> brian: and i do know it aged him. everybody gets older, but he changed-- >> he was all business that day. all business, there's not a doubt in my mind when i whispered in his ear, he focused on his unique responsibilities, oath of office he took that called for him to preserve, protect and defend. >> brian: we put 6 trillion dollars, we figured out. between our pentagon and homeland security. have we gotten our money's worth, karl. >> yeah, we're safe, but not completely safe as preparations that needed to be made today to ward off a potential threat. but, the world changed and it's, i wish the world were different, but the world is what it is and after 9/11, it took recognition that we live in a different world, with different requirements if we want to have a peaceful,hopeful world for our kids. >> brian: andy, i know it's amazing, too, looking at the current climate, and not here to politics, but ample opportunity to say that al-qaeda was allowed to foster
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and hatch this plot before i was in the white house. there was never any looking back and blaming, is that part of the reason why those two, bill clinton and george bush can play golf today and be friends? >> first of all, once you're the president of the united states, you understand you have responsibilities that are unique and respect for other presidents. your predecessors, it's a club. and it's not a club that you choose, it's a club because of the experiences you have. so, i think there's great empathy for the president, even today. i guarantee that all of the living former presidents have empathy for president obama, the tough decisions he has to face. i happen to think george w. bush brought discipline, responsibility, and courage to the office, and he did follow through, and he brought character and it made a big difference. >> brian: no doubt about it. and i think when you look at president obama today, i love the fact that he picked up the phone and called president bush before he addressed the nation, karl. >> yeah, i thought it was a
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nice gesture on his part. >> i'm glad that president obama had the courage to follow through on george bush's promise to bring usama bin laden to justice. >> brian: it was great. a team effort and the new systems allowed it to happen and president obama had the courage to pull the trigger. >> one thing you find, as a president, is continuity. there are things that your president seders, democratic and republicans have done you shouldly relize need to be built upon and followed through on and as much as president bush found that i suspect president obama found. >> brian: we are he' personally lucky to have you guys in place when something like this happened ten years ago. andy card, karl rove, thanks so much for coming down. >> thank you. >> brian: meanwhile, 21 minutes before the top of the hour. she read a poem to the father she barely knew. coming up you'll meet britney clark, a grown woman with a whole new outlook on life. then when thousands ran for their lives, he ran into the north tower, the former commissioner, thomas van, he
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>> thousands of people ran from the world trade center ten years ago, they ran in. new york's bravest did not hesitate to climb the stairs to try to save lives, but in the end. 343 firefighters lost their lives. joining us right now is the former commissioner of the fire department of new york,
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thomas, good morning. >> good morning. >> steve: thank you for being with us. you were in the north tower when the south tower was hit. what did you hear? >> we felt a violation and we brought it was an explosion on the upper floor. we were only starting to get more and more information about the amount of fuel that was up there, so, the fire was much greater than we originally thought. >> steve: right. >> we thought it was an explosion in the the elevator shafts, but then we got reports of the south tower and we knew we had a little big problem there. >> steve: and one of the, in retrospect. because the world trade center was attacked in '93 didn't fall do you know. the dispatcher said on the high floors, stay where you're at and we'll come and get you. >> that's one of the things i always remember most vividly, we had a plan in place to tell everybody in the south tower to stay right where you are, a good plan agreed to by all the experts you know, and it was a bad plan that day.
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people, some people died because of it, and we'll never know how many, a lot of people didn't listen to it, folks that had been there in '93 said i don't care what you say, i'm out of here and they left and you don't want to have a situation where people don't listen to a plan and survive and people that do don't. >> steve: i've heard so many stories the past couple of days, about people coming down the stairs as the firemen were going up and they'd say god bless you, boys. >> that's something we see all the time. there's always that saying about, we go where people are running away. so that's what the firefighters do and they're proud to do it and they're trained to do it and they respect and want people to get out as quickly as possible. but sometimes, it creates a situation where it's more difficult. >> steve: we were just looking at the image of a firehouse that stands in the shadow of where the world trade center was before. i think they lost five members, there it is right there, they lost five members of their house that day. >> that's a unit, most of their work wag involved,
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involved with the trade center. most of their calls were false alarms at the trade center, little fires over the 30 years or so and they had been responding to it and they made a big sacrifice that day. >> steve: if you were still commissioner, would have closed that down and maybe made it a museum. >> i would have. i think it would be a custuff place to work. the exposure, put a beautiful memorial, and every day, the p.s. ten years, might have made a good idea to make it a museum and maybe bring it back when the trade center reopens. >> steve: and it's a day to remember all of those guys that died that day, 343. >> and the families around. yesterday, at st. patrick, a lieutenant, his son was born 27 days after he died and the kid spoke at the memorial mass at st. patrick's and tore everybody up. but that's it, a lot of the families have changed and a lot of people tried to move
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on, but there's a tremendous love and respect for those that they lost. >> steve: indeed. all right, commissioner, we thank you very much for joining us today. all right. straight ahead, you may remember this scene, a little girl reading a poem to the father she barely knew. up next, brittany clark ten years later. >> i am...
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>> at the first year's ceremony of the september 11th attacks, brittany clark, just 11 years old at the time, she
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read a poem to honor her fallen father. >> when you are awakened and morning's hush, i am the swift up lifting of birds and circled flight. i am the soft star that shine at the night. and do not think of me as gone, i am with you still, and each new dawn. >> gretchen: and now on this 10th anniversary, brittany all grown up, working towards creating a camp to help kids cope with tragedy as she did and s's my guest this morning, good morning to you, brittany. >> good morning. >> gretchen: wow, when you look at the images of you nine years ago, a 11-year-old little girl reading that. what comes over you. >> it's more of a feeling of remembrance, like i'm happy that i got up there and said that poem to my father and reached so many people, i've gotten letters and videos from people who said that the poem
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touched them and helped them in their grieving experience. >> gretchen: so your mom received a phone call saying, would brittany like to read this poem. >> yes. >> gretchen: it must have been so nerve wracking for you as a small child to get up in front of all of those people, not to mention feeling the emotions of having lost your father just a year before. >> yeah, it was a very difficult situation. the best way i could handle it was when you're 11 years old, you think of the classic, everyone when you're doing like a public speech, everyone tells you imagine everyone in their underwear laugh >> so that's what i did and i really, i realized i was speaking to thousands, actually millions of people, and actually when i looked up, i didn't see anyone. like when i look back at it and brittany, so many people, and to me, it was only just me there talking to my father. >> gretchen: your father was benjamin keith clark. he was on the 96th floor of the second tower, he worked as
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an executive chef there. after he died, you heard some wonderful stories about what he did that day. what did he do. >> gretchen:. >> he was-- his boss was on a trip he so he was this charge of the company that day and he got everyone out of his building and he got outside of the building, actually. and he went back in to go help a lady in a wheelchair with three maintenance workers to try to get her out. >> gretchen: he was at the bottom of the building and he went back up 96 floors. >> i'm not sure where he went back up to, but he went back in to help someone in a wheelchair. >> gretchen: i know you're never going to get your father back and i can't imagine the pain you've gone through in all of these years, having lost him along with the other people who suffered. but does that story at all help you, about the character or the man that he was? >> definitely. it shapes who i am as a person. like, it makes me want to look out for other people and
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realize that it's best to have help other people in any situation, no matter what's happening. and he just left that amazing legacy for his kids toive by. >> gretchen: i know your family then moved to pennsylvania which you thought it was a good thing, because you could be your own individual again and were you not known as the child who lost a father in 9/11. why was that so important? >> in new rk, everyone was just like, oh, you're the girl who read the poem or at school, like, oh, whatever 9/11 was brought up they immediately looked at me in class and as a 11-year-old you don't want to be known a oh, yeah, your dad passed away in 9/11, so when i had moved to pennsylvania i got a brand new start and started my own track and it was more of an uplifting feeling for me, to get away from new york and start all over again, brand new slate. >> gretchen: and i know that eventually, at 15 you went to a camp with other grieving children and that really changed your life. now, you want to set up camps
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for grieving children? >> yeah, i attended camp exploration and it made me communicate with other kids that were in my situation, that i didn't even know were in my situation, so, we were all playing together and then one day, decided together, hey, now this person was in the same situation that you are and it made me realize that all of these people are just like me and we all went through this altogether and we stayed really close friends throughout the years. i usually see them at the ceremonies. >> gretchen: and you'll be going down to the ceremony directly following this interview and brittany, let he me just say that your father would be so proud of you, you're at the university, a double major in political science and public administration. so, you've made such great strides in your life since that day ten years ago, thank you for being our guest today. >> thank you. >> gretchen: well, the memorial to each life lost on 9/11 finally taking shape, but does the threat against
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♪ >> good morning everyone, today is sunday, september 11th, 2011, this is a "fox & friends" special, our special coverage ten years later today, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. and it's a new day, so, take a look now at ground zero. this isn't about the terrorists, it's about the heroes, the soldiers, and the victims. >> and that's what we saw as the sun gradually came up this morning. there were sons, daughters,
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mothers and fathers and now after a decade of darkness, sunlight shines for the very first time on a moving memorial in their honor. >> steve: you know what, brian and gretchen, it's an incredible american tribute, proof that terror may topple some buildings, but cannot crush our resolve. our buildings are bigger, our country is stronger, that torch is still burning and we are united like never before. joining us right now from ground zero is new york city police commissioner, ray kelly. good morning, commissioner. >> good morning. >> steve: it's a beautiful day, it reminds me of september 11th ten years ago. >> yeah, absolutely, it's a beautiful day. and it is very much like that day. it will -- i'll never forget. >> steve: absolutely, let's talk about the business at hand today. you have been in overdrive for about the last 48 hours since you received word that there was a credible, specific threat against new york and washington d.c. there are stories out there, it's a wild goose chase.
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what do you think about that assessment? >> i think that assessment is wrong. i think as we've said, it's a credible threat. obviously, on the anniversary of 9/11, we have to take additional precautions, the president here and former presidents here and all of these things that require us to do extra measures and precisely what we're doing. >> steve: i know there are details you simply cannot tell us, but you know, some of the details that we've heard are that it could be a car bomb or a truck bomb. those three missing trucks down in prince georges county in maryland, could that somehow be part of it? >> no, it doesn't -- you know, seemed to be we don't rule those things out. we had three trucks reported stolen here, too, from a construction company that does work here, one of those vehicles was recovered last night. and we have another vehicle up stolen in new jersey, jersey
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city, and the thieves went to special means, special measures to make certain that they weren't seen and i think the investigators there thought that this had aeded to the possibility that they may be involved in something more than the process, but we're still looking for that vehicle. there's no indication that either of these events are part of further plans. >> steve: i know that initially people's reaction was you know, probably a suicide mission, but from what i've read in the new york papers, it sound more like it would be at times square, assad, where he had that pa pathfinder loaded with stuff. >> we can't limit ourselves to any real specificity, as far as the means concerned. we have to assume that a terrorist threat, it can manifest itself in a lot of
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different ways. we wouldn't want to say that it's suicide, or just can't do that. >> steve: the sky is the limit. they could try anything, they're desperate to make a statement. >> that's correct, as we said, this is the world's biggest stage, certainly today, and would give them an opportunity to sort of regain stature in the world. >> steve: all right. and if some-- i know you've got your guys and gals on longer shifts, there are check points all over new york city and the men and women are not only up on the ground, but they're in the air and the subways, as well, and your worry is, if something doesn't happen today, they might still try to pull something off tomorrow. >> well, we're going to keep at a higher state of readiness, certainly through tomorrow. we'll make judgments as we go forward here, but we're not, we're not lessening our vigilance after this event. >> steve: and of course, this
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event is going to be very big. it's a complete lockdown here in southern manhattan and the president of the united states will be here within the next hour or so. let's look back at september the 11th, 2001. one of the big complaints was, you know, you've got the guys from the fire department going up the stairs and because the radios did not communicate with the police department, you know, you had guys in the choppers and stuff who could see what was going on outside of the builng, so there was no real sharing of information. has that gotten better? >> oh, much better. we can go into the details of that, it's not exactly-- and just laid it out, but the communications here, we have-- it's much better, we have what we call a city incident management system and it really requires face-to-face coordination at a command level and then, on your own channels. and that's the way to do business, and we are, you
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know, we're confident that our interoperability system here is functioning and functioning well. >> steve: sure. unlike a lot of other cities, most cities in this country, you actually have your own counterterrorism unit. i mean, this is a bunch of men and women who work 365 days a year, all the time, trying to pick up a threat against new york city. >> right. we have over a thousand people a day that work in our counterterrorism operations, we have people assigned to 11 cities overseas, and have an intelligence division that a lot of sophisticated personnel that we brought in from the federal government and other disciplines to help us protect the city and go through information that we have to synthesize it, to distribute it to the department. we have language capability that i believe now is unprecedented and it just doesn't exist anywhere else and we're proud of that.
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we live in the most diverse city in the world on aur diversity now reflects that of the city and our police department. >> steve: after the threat came from, i don't know, who you heard, but this latest threat, perhaps car bomb here in new york or washington d.c., then, did your unit, your counterterrorism unit work your sources to try to figure out whether or not it waa credible threat? >> well, we always have our ear to the ground, but i think it's fair to say that this information came from overseas, so for the most part, but obviously, we will listen to what we can listen to and count on what you call trip wires to help us better understand the threat. >> steve: you know, ten years later sometimes it seems like ten years, sometimes it seems like ten months ago. >> i know, it went very fast.
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so much has changed in ten years, and it's come a long way, as a city, in the last decade and certainly, as a police department, i know that. >> steve: yeah. before the first plane hit it first tower, you know, this was such an innocent time, but then, that really did change everything. >> yeah, it did. it really -- it really did, it -- we look at things differently now. and just think at this site. 2753 people lost their lives and think of the numbers. 343 firefighters, 23 new york police officers and port authority and the numbers on september 10th of 2001 was would seem unimaginable. but it certainly, was such a sobering event, and it change
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everything in terms of law enforcement. >> steve: that's right. and how many people after that were called to service? they watched the towers fall and they said, i've got to do something, maybe i'll gin the army or the navy or i'll become a firefighter or a policeman. >> no, it's a tremendous motivator, no question about that. and you hear that from police officers, firefighters, all the time. they wanted to get into the game, so to speak. >> steve: right. i know the -- there would be some pictures of the president. the president is going to be here in the next hour or so, that -- those are live images of the president as you can see, along with george w. bush and former first lady, and current first lady as well. ray, tell me, where are they walking right now? it looks like they're alongside one of the memorials, water falls. >> yes, i don't know if we can
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see it, but, can't, i can't see from my vantage point here. >> steve: you're right. so there we've got it right there. now, as you understand it, from here, they're going to be taking a quick tour, we understand and then in a holding area for a while until the actual events. >> right, exactly. and start at 8:40. . >> steve: a very, very somber time, there you can see some of the white oak in the foreground and behind them. 400 planted in all. they're stopping for a moment right there, as you can see, as they face the flag. on the freedom tower.
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>> . >> brian: there you can see for just a moment they were standing the at the edge of the waterfall and all of the names of the victims, not only who died on september the 11th, 2001, but also, the men and women who died in 1993 with the first attack of the world trade center, their names, also,memorialized. commissioner, do you know who those folks are? >> i'm sorry. >> steve: do you know who those folks are. >> yes, these are family members and first in line there that i can see is the
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and so much of the post 9/11 victims and lost son, firefighter lee at the time. a firefighter, so, and just the see the family members there. >> all right. commissioner ray kelly, we thank you very much for joining us. >> okay. >> steve: all right. gretchen. >> gretchen: this is amazing live pictures right now as you're watching the president and first lady and the former president bush and laura bush, and greeting family members and hugging each one individually. >> a lot of them have personal relationships with the president because ow hofrn the president had solicited their advice and consoled them over at the white house and when they came to new york, he would have contacts with these families, a lot under the radar, away, away from the press, and they have he' really gone to making the families appreciate, president
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bush and now president obama as he's taken on their cause. debra burlingame. >> gretchen: lost her brother, a pilot on one of the planes, this is a select group it appears now of some of the family members and of course, confirmed now, president obama will actually be speaking in about 30 minutes from now, at the start of the ceremony. >> and i think that's great. i think it's great. i think the president of the united states has to speak and give us a moment to put this in perspective. >> gretchen: governor chris christie right now, shaking hands with president obama, governor christy of course from new jersey, one of the people who will also be reading a statement here and we want to bring in the former governor of pennsylvania, tom ridge and the former homeland security director as a result of september 11th and we want to get his memories this morning. governor, were you one of the first to see firsthand the crash site of flight 93 in shanksville and shortly of at attacks, you became the director ofhold security.
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you're live this morning from shanksville. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, gretchen. and i'm glad you're here at shanksville with us, thank you. >> gretchen: and it's very important to mention that because i know that some people have felt that shanksville has not been forgotten, but maybe left out of all the memorials to a certain extent because of so many more people dying in the new york city area and of course at the pentagon and i know you've been instrumental in keeping the memories alive in shanksville and the memorial that is there. there was a big event there yesterday, governor. were you there? >> i was here and you know, i believe the 40 families and that's a very tight knit group, are very grateful for the attention the country has paid. they're very grateful for the fact of the three memorials and this is the only one that's going to be part of a national park service, they're grateful for the the president, president bush and president clinton and vice-president biden and their
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words and that frankly, it's been a little challenging because when i got here a couple hours after the flight landed, i expected to see what many of you sigh when you cover commercial aviation accidents. there was no wings parts and fuselage parts of the airplane as we learned afternoon it descended over 500 miles per hour and a smoldering gap and nothing to record no visuals, but the families remember and they're very, very grateful that you and the rest of the country have remembered as well. >> we remember the story of that plane and such an important piece of history in the sense that the courageous people on board that flight thwarted the terrorists from crashing into the capitol building or the white house in washington d.c. >> when we talk about our great military we use the words, honor, courage, duty valor, but these were citizens, who were aboard that plane on wait to vacation, to visit loved ones, on business, and in 20 or 30 minutes
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decided that they, knowing with the knowledge that the passengers and crew in the other three planes did not have, armed with that knowledge, knowing their lives were going to be expended, they decided there would be expended for a greater cause, a cause greater than themselves. and obviously, i talked to many members of congress who are here, speaker boehner is here, they know and appreciate what happened because it saved hundreds of lives if not thousands of lives in washington and i ran into a couple of people working in the capitol and good old people that go to work every day, this is the third trip they made to the site because they understand their lives, they live lives now, because of the courage branded by 40 people, took actions for people they would never meet as well. >> gretchen: we're speaking to governor tom ridge, the governor of pennsylvania when 9/11 happened and became the homeland security director and also looking at live pictures on your screen of president obama and the first lady, and
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former president bush and laura bush as they greet now family members and dignataries and see governor cuomo, governor christy of new jersey. governor ridge, as homeland security director, was that a job that you looked forward to going into having been so intricately involved as the governor of pennsylvania and having one of the terrorist attacks happen in your state? >> well, when president bush made the initial phone call to me a couple of days after 9/11, we talked about the experiences, we both had as governors. and he knew how well i, i really felt good about my state and being, having the opportunity to lead pennsylvania, but you know, unfortunately the tragedy of 9/11 left 300 million americans saying what could we do, how could we help and i was one of the fortunate ones because the president actually gave me assignment and i will tell you this, i will always be grateful for that phone call. >> gretchen: i know that you can't see the video that we're
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watching right now of president obama, michelle obama, former president bush, laura bush, greeting families members at the memorials here. but what do you think this day means for our country in general? and i see now the two bush daughters as well, laura and jenna, what does this mean for our country, governor ridge? >> well, i truly believe that it changed america in many different and fundamental ways. i'd like to think that it certainly, at least initially, brought us closer together. and i think we need to occasionally, look over our shoulder and better understand that solidity is our strength and that we do come together and we understand and appreciate difference of opinion, but we unite together around a common cause, we're unbeatable. we're unstoppable, we're resilient and i think those are lessons that are going to be -- that we've learned, that
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this generation has learned and hopefully these memorials will remind future generations that america is undeniably resistent, resilient, but that our salvation and our future is based on our solidarity, those are very, very good lessons for us to understand now and for future generations to learn. >> gretchen: as you can see now from the live pictures, all the people that have gathered down here in new york city. governor ridge, i don't know if you've had the opportunity to be in new york and see this memorial, it is quite staggering in its beauty. it now has the largest man made waterfalls in the united states, and as we were just looking at that perspective shot a moment ago as the president was walking away, you could get a sense of how massive this entire situation is here. i know you have the memorial there in shanksville as well and we appreciate your time today, governor ridge. >> gretchen, thank you very much. as we've learned on 9/11, tragedies are something we remember, but that doesn't stop america moving forward. >> gretchen: very well put. i'll leave it at that, thank
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you, governor. now, we go live to jennifer griffin who has an update for us at the pentagon. i know you've been on high alert the last 48 hours because of the potential terror threat? >> absolutely, gretchen, it is looking less and less likely that it has not been confirmed that there is an active plot right now. but, i can tell you at dawn this morning, as the sun rose over the pentagon behind me and they unfurled that american flag over the exact spot where flight 77 struck the building on september 11th, it was -- it took people aback. every day for many people who work here is 9/11. yesterday, president bush bush and life laura were here to lay a wreath along with donald rumsfeld and his wife and leon panetta were here and a moment of silence to reflect the impact and the joint chief will be here along with the vice-president and the president will be here later in the day for a ceremony and
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lay a wreath and greet the family members. and what is striking in talking to those here that day, parts of the building, parts of the pentagon didn't know what had happened on the other side. i talked to those survivors who literally crawled out through the black smoke, through corridor four. here is what one of them told me. >> we were like mice in a maze. so we're in a room that has walls and windows, but they're real far off and we're in a cubical farm. as we negotiate ourselves out of a conference room we get into this cubical area and it's jet black and you can't see anything, where are the desk located, copiers, filing fab nets falling in your way, and charges knocked over, so we're negotiating our way, pushing things out of our way and hoping that we don't run into a wall, or go into a cubical, and reach a dead end.
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>> (inaudible). >> all right. jennifer griffin, joining us from the pentagon. we thank you very much. meanwhile, here at ground zero, jimmy rich, jr., a second generation new york city firefighter lost his life on september 11th, ten years ago today. and was carried out of the rubble at ground zero by his own family. now, all three of the riches boys have joined the new york city fire department to honor their fallen brother. retired fire department deputy chief jim riches joins us, along with his three now firefighter sons, timmy, danny and tomorrow riches, good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> jim, this has got to be a tough morning for you, it was ten years ago today that you and those boys carried your son out. >> yeah, we carried him out on
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march 25th on timmy's birthday and a thousand of people never recovered any of their loved ones remains and we were glad to bring him home. he was a kid that worked real hard and went into the building to help people that day, and he died a hero, and we will he' never forget him. we come down here every year and here before 9/11 and he'll be their hero after 9/11. >> steve: absolutely. timmy, i know that your brother jimmy was trying to talk you into switching from the police department to the fire department for a while. >> yeah, he -- he really enjoyed the fire department and said there was no such thing as a bad day of work on the fire department and after being a fireman for nine years, i have to say i haven't had a bad day yet. so he was definitely right about that. >> steve: timmy, why did you decide to go ahead and become a fireman. >> after september 11th i saw the way the firemen came together and just the way they rallied around our family and
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all their generosity and hard work down at the trade center and i figured out, i guess i was going to see what the fuss was about and i'm really glad i did. >> steve: danny, what about you? why did you decide to become a fireman? >> pretty much the same reason, the way the fire department really supported our family and helped us out in a time of need was unbelievable. firemen call each other brothers and that's family and when you're down and out, that's who is there with you, your family and the fire department really was there for us and helped us through the toughest time of our life. so, i'm really glad i made this decision, also. >> sure. >> tom, what about you? >> we grew up following in my brother's footsteps, so, there was no other thing for us to do. just to make him proud, basically. >> steve: sure. and jim, you were here on
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september 11th, 2001, a lot of people were watching on television, as those towers fell and so many people were drawn to public service, a lot of people joined the army and the navy and the marines, or became policemen or firefighters like your sons. >> yeah, it was -- we were down there that day, we had construction workers with us, firemen, police officers, everybody was one that day and on 9-12, which was jimmy's birthdayen he he was going to be 30 the next day, he was 29 years old. and america, new york, and everybody came alive and they turned around throughout the world and it was a great deal to be an american after 9/11 to see how proud they made them even though we suffered the worst lost we suffered, and jimmy is never going to walk back into that room and we miss him every day. >> steve: absolutely. we thank you all for joining us live. jim and timmy and danny and tom riches, thank you for your service. >> thank you. >> steve: to all of us.
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all right. now, a look back at at that fateful day as it happened. . >> oh! >> we have a very tragic alert for you right now, an incredible plane crash into the world trade center here at the lower tip of manhattan. >> it's believed the 737
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crashed, in there's speculation at least three floors taken out. crashed into the side of the building. joining us now one of the producer on fox report working the scene. what do you know where are you. >> on the roof of my building about five blocks to the south of the world trade center and i'm looking, i'm looking right now at the world trade center, there's a massive gaping hole on the second tower and it's about, about 15 stories from the roof. and it's, it's just unbelievable to look at. >> and right in. >> the scene right now, you can see the emergency vehicles from the south of the west side highway and headed to the scene and tons of people in the streets and there are papers, things fluttering out and i can't see any evidence of what it was that could have crashed, we'll have to see there are masses, massive gaping hole throughout i building. >> all we can do is stare aghast at these pictures at
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this point. you're looking at north building of the twin towers at the world trade center in manhattan. these are coming to you live now, debris raining down from 110 floors up. and as you can see, this is a clear blue sky day in manhattan. if this was an accident, it would be a needle in a haystack kind of accident. [bell ringing] >> there was another one. we just saw -- we just saw another one. we just saw another one apparently go, another plane just flew into the second tower. this raises -- this has to be deliberate, folks. we just saw on live television as a second plane flew into the second tower of the world
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trade center. now, given what has been going on around the world, some of the, some of the key suspects come to mind, usama bin laden, who knows, who knows what. eric shawn is with us, eric, i know you have a lot of sources at the fbi and other agencies like that. what can you tell us. >> first, i apologize for being out of breath. i was walking down fifth avenue which is close to our studios and i heard a jet that crashed, a 737 or a small airbus fly low, unusually low over fifth avenue making a right. i'm not going to say, i don't know, i don't have any reports what type of plane hit the world trade center, but people looked up and it made a right toward the building. (siren sounding) >> the tragedy, it is abhorrent, it is disgusting,
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but, i'm you wondering are these pilots terrorists themselves? or are they, are they terrorists at the cockpit who are holding guns to a pilot's head? did they-- >> i can't imagine. >> you can speculate completely about how this happens because obviously, it takes a lot of training and expertise to fly a complicated, sophisticated aircraft, whether it's a boeing 737 or a smaller airbus, these are not little cessnas, and little pipers, so, there, you have to wonder and what possibility there is what type of scenario in the cockpit. our wendell goler is at the white house, rather, he is travelling with the president. wendell goler, what's the reaction? >> now, the president is here,
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holding a routine initiative on the second day of a trip to florida, just finished reading to children at the booker elementary school. about the incident he said he was aware testify and that he would have something to say about it later. >> let's bring in david lee miller, our correspondent, he has an eyewitness with him. david lee, what can you tell us. >> good morning, gentleman, a few blocks from the world trade center you would expect the roads are pretty much cut off. only way to get near the building is on foot right now. the scene is absolutely a horrific one. you have people streaming out of the area, you've got people literally in tears, shock, people just working in the nearby buildings that cannot believe what just happened and still many of them remember the aterrorist attack years ago on the world trade center and many of them just an ugly reminder of that, don't know the details of what happened here or not. as i was walking downtown in
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lower manhattan making my way to the world trade center, i stopped to speak with silvia fuentes, a few blocks away from the building, works in lower moanhattan and use today work in the world trade center and hand the phone and she'll describe what she saw at work. >> i heard a loud rumbling and walked out on the street look up in the air and there was an airplane actually going into the world trade center. and flames were coming out and smoke was just billowing in the air and, tons of people were running down fulsom street and running each other over and my way back to my office on water street and when i got upstairs looked out my video to see what was going on and the second world trade center just went into flames. pan just, from one minute to the next. silvia, thanks for that eyewitness report. when we saw that second plane slam into the second tower intentionally quite clearly,
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you've got to believe this is a terrorist attack. harvey kushner is on the line with us, a frequent guest of ours and a terrorism expert. harvey, is it too early to speculate about suspects? >> one thinks this could only be the most horrifically planned incident, now, in the annals of terrorism. think about it, you look outside, the fox studios, look how clear is it? how could you miss the trade towers and not just one, but two planes? >> well, and it brings to mind, you know, everybody hates those metal detectors at airports and everybody makes passing through them almost a joke these days, but, clearly, it seems that something is going to change if you can make this kind of statement and kill as many people as are likely to be dead in this kind of scenario. >> you know, john, you know, we talked to you about terrorism. no matter how this turns out, on this is going to be a day
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that's going to live in infamy and you know, it's going to cause changes in terms of, if it turns out in terrorism and security like this country has never seen before. >> president bush is about to speak, he's in florida and at what was supposed to be a joyous event at an elementary school, let's listen in. >> today we've had a national tragedy. two airplanes have crashed into the world trade center in an apparent terrorism attack on our country. i have spoken to the vice-president, to the governor of new york, to the director of the fbi and i've ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families and to conduct a full scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act.
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terrorism against our nation will not stand. and now, if you join me in a moment of silence. may god bless the victims, their families and america. thank you very much. (siren sounding) >> we are going to be looking at an enormous death toll. 50,000 people work in those two buildings. >> john fund from the wall street journal is on the phone with us, john, were you in the area when the planes hit? >> i was across the street in my office building. >> what did you see? what did you hear? >> i heard an incredible sonic boom and looked up and there was already much smoke and flames pouring out of the buildings and 15 minutes later of course the second sonic boom which would have been the second tower and the second plane.
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>> what about injuries, john, can you tell us. >> the most terrible and heart rending thing about this is about 15 minutes ago, bodies started dropping from the top floors of the tower closest to the highway, about at least five or six, and it was, it was absolutely terrible. obviously, they had two choices to be burned in flames or to leap and end it all. it was quite tragic. >> let me bring into the conversation david asman, my colleague. >> yes, jon scott. >> what can you tell us. >> i want to give you late breaking information, perhaps one of the things that's the greatest fear, there's yet another terrorist attack and since those two plane crashes happened within 20 minutes of iech other, well, all of manhattan has been sealed off, this is probably unprecedented of course, all of this is unprecedented in this dastardly, dastardly occasion, but manhattan has been sealed off. the hudson river bridges and the tunnels have been sealed and clearly, there is an
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attempt right now to thwart any further act of terrorism, act of violence against the people of manhattan. so, manhattan is in a lockdo lockdown. [bell ringing] >> we, we are hearing right now of another explosion has taken place at the pentagon. we have the heart of the financial district of america being attacked. now, we understand that there is an explosion, there has been an explosion in the pentagon. the heart of the military command center of the united states of america, john. can't get much worse than this. >> you've got to believe, if it happened again, another large airliner, perhaps,
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hijacked, perhaps part of some widespread plan, apparently slamming into, at least the area around the pentagon. they have not struck at america, they have struck at some individual places in america, but this country will go on. >> want to go to our washington managing editor brit hume who has the outlook from the nation's capital. brit, this raises questions about america's response and i guess that response is not going to be immediate, is it? >> whether it's immediate or not. one thing i think we're seeing, john is this series of evacuations from various buildings around washington and i think it's important to say that we don't know, and have no reason to believe that the white house, for example, was facing any immediate or imminent threat, the same is true on capitol hill where it appears they will be evacuating the building up here soon, no, nothing happened at either of those
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places and this of course, jon, i think this is one of those days that things will not again be the same in the united states of america. this is the kind of terrorist attack that is the nightmare, that experts and others have warned about, but some of us may have thought really could not happen on such a scale. this is quite remarkable. [bell ringing] >> as we watch these pictures, the world trade center, 110 stories, literally starting to fall. it's gone, the whole tower, it's gone, holy crap! >> they knocked the whole freakin' thing down! >>. >> i hope i live, i hope i live. it's coming down on me. here it comes.
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getting behind a car. >> people need help. i don't think i'm one of them. are you okay, sir? okay. okay. >> inside the building. >> inside the world trade center. >> doing what. >> getting ready to go upstairs and search. the whole building collapsed on us. >> how did you guys get out. >> worked our way through. >> walked toward the lights. >> walked towards the light. >> the light-- >> hello. >> yeah, david lee, what can you tell us. >> john, the scene is horrific, one of the two towers literally collapsed, i was making my way to the foot of the world trade center, suddenly, talking to an officer, questioning me about my press credentials and heard a very loud blast, explosion, and we looked up, and the building literally began to collapse before us, and there was debris, falling i'd say at these three quarters of the hide of the building and people in the entire perimeter
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began lit areally, including myself why i'm out of breath, to run for our lives. those steel girders, as strong as they are, had a lot of weight to support and apparently, i'm just, i'm not a structural engineer, but just guessing now that he they gave way. the loss of life here is going to be enormous. >> may god help those who are there and the victims and their families and all the souls that are lost today. >> can you tell me what you saw, what you heard? are you all right? >> look at this guy. unbelievable. unbelievable. this poor woman. wow.
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the united 93, cleveland, do you still hear? united 93 dorks still hear cleveland. >> south of pittsburgh, united airline flight 93 crashed. >> from the size of the impact crater, would appear the angle of dissent and attack nearly straight in. >> a downed plane in a remote area, wasn't very many houses up there where it went down, i don't know. really, the whole thing is just unbelievable. >> this is clearly a national catastrophe, there will be some response from the white house, let's go to wendell goler who was travelling with the president in sarasota, florida and find out what the latest is there, wendell? >> jon, the president left sarasota florida, the air force one took off a short while ago and convening the national security advisors, the vice-president, heads of
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the cia, the national security agency and fbi and also new york governor ptatakpataki, aft the attacks on the twin towers in new york, he was briefed by his national security advisor, condoleezza rice, who phoned him after the first attack. mr. bush was actually reading to some children when the second attack occurred. chief of staff, andy card interrupted him. told him about the attack, it was clear at that point we were dealing with terrorists. >> i want to bring in the conversation, general al haig, the former secretary of state. general haig at a time like this, what -- how does america respond prudently, with the proper amount of caution, and yet, with whatever force needs to be applied? >> well, first, we have to know the full limits of this tragedy and it's unprecedented, of course. but, we have to stay, above all, united and calm and ready to take resolute action which sometimes we've failed to do
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in the recent past. when the perpetrators are uncovered, and we have many, many indicators of precisely who they are, this was too broadly-based a terrorist act to be just a few crazyies, this is a terrorist movement and we know where they are located today and obviously, as a nation, we're going to have to take action against them. oh, there it goes, go it goes, go it goes. oh. when it comes downward. all right, we need to put it down now, here we go.
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>> america, offer a prayer. [bell ringing] >> and that was ten years ago almost to the minute. and here we are in 2011, and we also know, too, that there is a change, steve, to the format to what we're going to be seeing. >> steve: yeah, it sounds like the president of the united states and also former president bush will be speaking and see the flag there, that was the world trade center flag brought to the stage by bagpipers and drummers a moment ago out here at ground zero we heard from the young people's chorus of new york, doing the star spangled banner and the mayor of new york is going to be offering a moment of silence the first plane struck.
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>> gretchen: now we'll listen to the mayor of new york. >> blackest of night. since then we've lived in sunshine and in shadow and though we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost. in all the years that americans have looked to these ceremonies, we have shared both words and silences. the words of writers and poets have helped express what is in our hearts. the silences have given us a chance to reflects and remember. and in remembrance of all those who died in new york in 1993, and 2001, at the pentagon, and in the fields near shanksville, pennsylvania, please join in observing our first moment of silence [bell ringing].
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. [moment of silence]
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>> god is our refuge and streng strength. a very present help in trouble. therefore, we will not fear, even he though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried in the mist to the sea, though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling, there's a river, a stream shall make glad the city of god. the holy place of the tabernacle of the most high. god is in the midst of her. she shall not be moved. god shall help her, just at the break of dawn. the nation's raged, the
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kingdoms were moved, he uttered his voice, the earth melted. the lord of hosts is with us. god of jacob is our refuge. come behold the works of the lord. what's made desolations in the earth. he makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. he breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two. he burns the chariot in fire he felt and know that i am god. i will be exalted among the nations, will be exalted in the earth. lord of hosts, is with us, the god of jacob is our refuge. >> they were our neighbors,
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our friends, our husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, children and parents, they were the ones who rushed in to help. 2,983 innocent men, women, and children. we have asked their families to come here to speak the names out loud to remind each of us of a person we lost in new york, in washington, and pennsylvania. and they each had a face, a story, a life cut short from under them. and as we listen, let us recall the words of shakespeare, let us not measure our sorrow by their worth for then it will have no end. end. >> gordon aamoth, jr. >> edellmiro abad. >> maria rose abad.
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>> andrew you anthony. lawrence christopher. >> william s hidden rick bernard ackerman. paul acquaviva. >> damaged adams. >> patrick adams. >> shannon lewis adams. >> stephen george adams. ignatius udo adanga. >> christy aaddamo. >> and michael levitz son.
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joshua todd aaron, we'll miss you forever, you're always in our hearts. >> and my sister, marlena valdisto. we love you and miss you, you're always in our hearts. >> karen edwards, jr. >> sophia, lee adler. >> daniel thomas. affito. >> emanuel afuakwah. >> alok agawal. >> joseph agello. >> david agnes. >> brian g ahaern. >> jeremiah joseph ahern. >> joanne marie ahlidodis.
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>> shabbir ahmed. >> terrence andre aiken. >> ajala. trudy. alg. >> brian: ro. >> my uncle firefighters denny's kiry, jr., we miss you and your love and light shine through for your beautiful grandchildren, grace, julia and ryan. >> and my uncle, dr. lee alan adler, we love and miss you. >> margaret ann aloria. >> john leslie albert. jack yin aldridge. >> david alger. >> earnest ajkakos-- >> it is that day again, it's september 11th, we've come ten
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years, america, what a remarkable ten years it's been. this morning, we remember the thousands of lives lost on this day here from the site of unspeakable tragedy and we now find the story of continued hearing and rebirth it and a big part of our program. >> good morning, i'm bill hemmer with a special edition of america's news room on this sunday morning where we're back yet again in lower manhattan. good morning. >> it's a special day, in many ways, a sad day, but it's a very important day for our country and we welcome all of you here this morning with us in america's news room on this special sunday edition of september 11th, i'm martha maccallum. we're glad you're joining us this morning. >> he we're at the site of the national september 11th memorial dedication, president obama, the first lady, and they're here among the first to see the tribute along with the family members of those who died on 9/11. now, you might have noticed we're replacing the news crawl at the bottom of the screen
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the next several hours with the names of those who lost their lives, in one of our nation's darkest day and that crawl will continue for four hours. give you a sense of the scope of the lives lost that day and how long, how regrettably long that list is. >> so many of us know names on that list, i know so many of you at home are looking for the names on that list and listening for them as well as the people that you knew. we want to go now to our own jon scott who was the first to report the news that the towers had begun to fall. and that they had been attacked. good morning to you, john on this anniversary of september 11th. >> good morning, martha. it's an extraordinary day, two presidents here, governors, former mayors, mayors as well. it's absolutely astounding and frankly good to see the progress on this memorial that had been so long in the making. >> there was another one, we
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just saw, we just saw another one. another plane just flew into the second tower. this raises, this has to be deliberate, folks. now, given what has been going on around the world, some of the, some of the key suspects come to mind, usama bin laden, who knows, who knows what. >> and that's how i reported it ten years ago, almost to the minute as those two planes struck the world trade center, the buildings that are absolutely gone now and represented only by those memorial fountains in the lower portion of your screen. bill and martha. >> yeah. john, it was, you know, when you watch that tape that we
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just watched this morning and we listened to your voice as you started to report what was going on, we all remember the incredible disbelief that what was unfolding before our eyes was actually happening in the united states of america. it's such an extraordinary, extraordinary moment. and we see now on the screen, this is the 10 company, the fire company across from the world trade center and that's a bronze memorial that's dedicated to the five members of that fire company which literally is just a breath away from the world trade center and that has been a solemn place throughout last night and all this morning, it's really become a meeting spot for so many who come down here to remember those who were lost. >> what you're seeing here is the rebirth of a city and the rebirth of a nation. for ten years it's been fought over, it's been debated and many times it's been one of those new york debates where
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voices get kind of loud with one another, but when you consider the massive scale of this project and the dedication for the memorial, that will happen, within moments, you will witness, along with us, something that none of us have ever seen. because the names of the victims are now inscribed in bronze surrounding two giant water falls that represent the footprints of the former towers, south tower the bottom right-hand you'll see in a moment and the north tower. they're one acre each in size and the names of those who were killed on that day are inscribed in that bronze just above that water fall and about 9:08, 9:10 eastern time, about 12 minutes from now, the families for the first time, the families of the victims will be allowed access into the memorial area and they will for the first time be able to find the name of their father, or their mother, or
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their brother, or their sister or their son, daughter, aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, for the very first time. they will he see that name inscribed in bronze and we expect that to be perhaps the image of this 10-year remembrance things to convey to people at home, j scott, i know you've been close to the memorial as i have and bill has in the recent weeks, it's a very powerful feeling to be close to that water, and to see this memorial up close, and i know that that's one of the difficult things for people to understand at home on tv. but it is absolutely stunning. >> they've done a very, very nice job, martha, obviously, and the size of the thing is, is also so hard. i don't think that television cameras do it justice, unless you have been to new york and there are a good many visitors, you come here to pay their respects, at th

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News/Business. (2011) Co-hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade reporting from Ground Zero. New.

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